Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP A.J. Burnett (3-1, 3.52)
Burnett vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (13-13)
Rajai Davis CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Juan Rivera LF
David Cooper DH
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Jose Molina C
Mike McCoy 2B
RHP Kyle Drabek (2-0, 3.30)
Drabek vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Little bit chilly here again today. Sky is clear with just a few clouds.
UMPIRES: HP Wally Bell, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B Scott Barry, 3B John Hirschbeck
HELP WANTED: Robinson Cano is tied for fourth in the majors with eight home runs but six of them have been solo shots. In case you’re wondering, Cano trails Ryan Braun (9), Jose Bautista (9) and Alfonso Soriano (9).
A PRETTY GOOD PICK: As we finish off three days of hearing about “value” and “upside” among NFL players who have just been drafted, how about this pick: On this day in 1923, the Yankees signed a 19-year-old kid from Columbia University to a pro contract. His name? Lou Gehrig. In an odd coincidence, exactly 16 years later Gehrig played the last of his 2,130 straight games for the Yankees, a 3-2 loss to Washington at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees were off on May 1 and on May 2 Gehrig officially ended his streak.
END OF THE RUN: When he gave up two earned runs on Friday night, Dave Robertson had his scoreless streak of 8 1/3 innings snapped. They were the first runs Robertson had been charged with this season.
STAY SAFE IN THE SUN: For two hours before tomorrow’s game, the Yankees will host a free skin cancer screening for all ticketed fans. Dr. Darrell Rigel and his team will conduct the screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main level behind home plate (between Sections 217-223), and the screenings will cover only the arms and face and will take less than a minute to complete. Sponsor LaRoche-Posay will also give away sunscreen to the first 30,000 fans arriving at the game. It’s a great idea for a service and – as someone with fair skin myself – I urge everyone going to the game to take a minute and take advantage of it.
UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: Well, first pitch was at 4:10 p.m. and by 4:11 Rajai Davis was on third base. Not sure what happened to Granderson on that ball but he took a terrible route – in then back, never a good combo – and the line drive went all the way to the wall. Yunel Escobar then tapped back to Burnett to score Davis and it’s 1-0 Jays.
UPDATE, 4:22 p.m.: Apparently the sun is particularly brutal today – 4 p.m. starts are notorious for that – because Teixeira just crushed a fly ball to deep center that Davis was tracking back to the wall but clearly lost sight of as it fell about five feet away from him. Tex ended up on second with a double.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Burnett hits 95 mph on his last fastball to strikeout Mike McCoy and end the inning. Still 1-0 Jays.
UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Productive inning for the Yankees here: Swisher singled, Chavez walked, Posada grounded into what looked like a double play but Chavez broke it up with a great slide and Martin smacked a RBI single up the middle. Then, after a walk from Gardner, Jeter hit a shallow sac fly and Granderson lined a RBI single to left. Suddenly they went from 1-0 down to 3-1 up.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Couple of deep drives for the Jays that inning adds up to one run and it’s 3-2 now. Adam Lind had the sac fly that drove in Escobar.
UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Gardner doinks a single to left to make it 5-2 and end Drabek’s afternoon. Not particularly impressive from the touted prospect (and member of my fantasy team … grrr). Bases loaded for Jeter with Jason Frasor coming on.
UPDATE, 5:26 p.m.: In addition to having a power bat, Jose Bautista has a cannon for an arm. Jeter lined a decently-deep fly to right, but there was no chance for a sac fly this time. Bautista threw a one-hop bullet home and Posada had to hold. Then Granderson flied out and the Yankees couldn’t tack on any more runs. It’s 5-2.
UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: Strong 1-2-3 from A.J. to get through the fourth. With so many consecutive games in a row, length from the starters is even more important.
UPDATE, 5:53 p.m.: Rocket home run for McCoy to lead off the fifth for Burnett, but he settled in and even picks off (!!) Rajai Davis after an infield single. He’s at 69 pitches through five.
UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Nice strike-em-out-throw-em-out with Russell Martin making a great throw to third. It’s 5-4 in the sixth.
UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: Wow. Unreal catch by Jays 2b Mike McCoy, who is having quite an afternoon. His first career homer and an over-the-shoulder-falling-down grab on Swisher to end the seventh. It’s still 5-4 Yankees though, with Soriano coming on.